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Roof Materials - Tile

Clay Tile Roof Materials

Clay Tile Roof

Clay Tile

Spanish Style Tile Roof

Clay tiles give your home an impressive looking roof in addition to providing great protection, a long lifespan, and a variety of styles to choose from. Tile roofs can handle the toughest elements thrown at a roof, offering good protection against wind, hail, and rain. Also, since clay tile is fireproof it can reduce your homeowners insurance. Clay tile lasts a minimum of 40 to 50 years, and could last up to a full century! You can expect a warranty of 50 years or more from most clay tile manufacturers. While clay tile has a number of advantages it has two very specific drawbacks, weight and cost.

Clay tiles will typically weigh between 800-1400 lbs per square depending upon the style that you choose. In addition if the tile is not interlocking then you will need to add the weight of the mortar used to install it which could add as much as another 1000 lbs per square. The average residential house is not designed to handle such weight requiring additional bracing to be added during construction or as a retro-fit.

A clay tile roof is also one of the most expensive roofing options. The clay tiles themselves are more expensive than many other products but they are also more labor intensive making installation that much more expensive. However, the tile's longevity means when considering the expense over the life of the material it is much more reasonable.

Installation should be handled by a roofer with clay tile experience in order to get the maximum durability and lifetime from the product. Given the expense of the product you will want to repair the roof rather than replace it when ever possible. Be sure to use a qualified clay tile roofer as repair work done by a roofer not experienced with clay tile, could do additional damage to the roof.

Clay tiles come in a variety of textures, colors, and styles. The most common style of clay tiles are ’S’ tiles, also known as Spanish, Barrel, or Mission tiles. Another popular style is flat tile, also known as shingle tile. The variety of colors used in clay tile roofing can range from single color, to multi colored roofing arranged in a pattern or in random fashion.


  • Long life
  • Long warranty
  • Strong material
  • Available in a variety of shapes and colors
  • Environmentally Friendly


  • Material and installation expense
  • A heavy material not suitable for all roofs

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